Missouri has joined the ranks of many states by passing a constitutional amendment to provide victims of crime several rights.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office will strive to ensure that victims are informed of their rights; and that all victims are treated with dignity, respect, courtesy and sensitivity.
The mission of the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is the just, swift and effective prosecution of criminal behavior. Accomplishing that mission can prevent others from becoming victims of crime.
By enforcing your rights and by working together we can accomplish that mission. With your help we can send the right message: that criminal behavior is not tolerated.
How to Report a Crime
If you are a victim of a crime and the crime has not been reported, please go to the appropriate agency to file a police report.
Victim of crime assistance services include:
- Education and preparation for the steps in the criminal justice system
- Emergency services including assistance in obtaining protective orders
- Courtroom escort
- Crisis support
- Stress management
- Training of volunteers
- Victim seminars
- Presentation to community, civic and professional organizations
- Information about police and court procedures
Orders of Protection
For assistance with the application process and a court escort, please call 636-949-7900, ext 7746.
Depending upon the type of crime for which you are a victim, restitution collection may be possible from the defendant. No guarantees can be made as to the collection of restitution on your behalf. The restitution unit may be reached at 636-949-7375.
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Volunteers and interns in the Victims of Crime Assistance Program (VCAP) have the opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system; work with prosecutors, victim advocates and victims; assist with correspondence; attend court hearings and forensic interviews; and more. Learn more about volunteering or interning with the VCAP and how to apply.
The State of Missouri has a fund to reimburse residents who have suffered injuries causing financial loss due to certain crimes of violence.
This program is administered by the Crime Victim's Compensation Unit of the Division of Worker's Compensation.
A claim may be filed for out-of-pocket expenses only. The following expenses are covered by our program:
- Counseling expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages or support
- Medical expenses
To find out if you are eligible for benefits, and to file a claim, contact the St. Charles County Victim of Crime Assistance Program at 636-949-7370 or call the Crime Victim's Compensation Program in Jefferson City at 800-347-6881.
Victims of Crime Notification Program
The Missouri Constitutional Amendment automatically affords to victims of dangerous felonies, and, upon written request, shall be afforded to victims of all other crimes and witnesses of crimes:
- The right to be present at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has such the right, including juvenile proceedings where the offense would have been a felony if committed by an adult
- The right to information about the crime
- The right to be informed by the Prosecutor's Office of the filing of charges, preliminary hearing dates, trial dates, continuances and the final disposition of the case
Due to the passage of the Missouri Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victims, and Section 595.209 Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMO), as a victim of a crime, you have several rights. To exercise these rights, you need to provide written notification to the appropriate agencies and update any change of address or phone number.
- Be present at all criminal proceedings
- Receive information about the crime
- Timely notice of filing of charges, preliminary hearing date, trial date, continuances and final disposition
- Notice, information and to confer with the prosecutor on bail hearings, guilty pleas, hearings, sentencing, probation revocation hearings, and the right to be heard
- Information of any release of the defendant on bond or for any other reason
- Notification within 24 hours of any escape and any subsequent recapture
- Notification by the Board of Probation and Parole on release proceedings
- Timely notification when a court proceeding will not go as scheduled
- The right to restitution
- Reasonable protection from the defendant or any person acting on the defendant's behalf from harm and threats due to your cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution
- Information on victim's compensation assistance and financial assistance, emergency and crisis intervention – Contact the Victims of Crime Assistance Coordinator by calling 636-949-7370
- Information on witness fees (if entitled)
- Upon written notice, the release of your property when it is no longer needed for prosecution (except if contraband, subject to forfeiture, or the case is on appeal)
- Your employer may not discharge or discipline you or a member of your immediate family for testifying in a criminal proceeding or for participating in the preparation of a criminal proceeding
- Right to a speedy disposition of your case
- Provide a secure waiting area and notification of reconsideration, modification, recall or release of any sentence imposed upon the defendant
- Pursuant to Section 557.041 RSMO, 1993, you are entitled to make a victim's impact statement to the court before sentencing and the statement is limited to the facts of the case and any personal injuries (includes psychological or emotional) or financial loss incurred - This statement can be in person, a written statement, or by video or audio tape